Thursday, November 25, 2010

Yŏnpyŏngdo Parish

Above, from its webiste, a pre-attack picture of the only Catholic church on the island — North Korea artillery attack damages church.

"All Catholics including Father Joseph Kim Tae-heon, the parish priest, are safe as they evacuated to a bomb shelter as soon as the island came under North Korean shelling on Nov. 23.," John Choi reports. "Two shells fell on the church premises. Windows of the main church building were damaged. The old rectory was partly demolished and a van was destroyed, said Father Johannes Kim Yong-hwan, chancellor of Incheon diocese.

"The tiny South Korean island near the maritime border with North Korea on the Yellow Sea has one Catholic Church. There are about 450 Catholics among the 1,700 local residents."

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